Boxing star Floyd Mayweather Jr. has inked a six-fight deal with Showtime after entering the boxing ring for his past 23 fights under the HBO Sports banner. The undefeated WBC welterweight champion will make his Showtime debut against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero on May 4.
“It’s the biggest deal (for Showtime) since (Mike) Tyson. I put it up there on the same level of importance. Floyd is far and away the most popular, well-known and talented fighter in the sport. It is absolutely critical for the . . . network that we secured him,” Showtime Sports President Steven Espinoza said.
HBO Sports also released a statement:
“We made an aggressive and responsible pay-per-view offer. Now we move on. We are focused on the best boxing franchise in the television business. We are proud of the roster of superstar fighters and emerging stars who are scheduled to appear on the multiple HBO television platforms this year.”
Mayweather’s debut is expected to be at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but the venue has not been confirmed. This is a major signing for the Showtime network.